Paris, France, June 16, 2022
Founded in 2006 and established in Brazil in 2015, BlaBlaCar leverages technology to fill empty seats on the road, matching passengers looking to travel with a carpool driver or bus operator. Since then, BlaBlaCar’s community has become the largest carbon-saving travel network, with over 100 million members worldwide.
BlaBlaCar has been growing fast in Brazil, recovering well from the pandemic, with twice as many passengers today than in 2019. In the first quarter of 2022, the platform registered an average of 250,000 new members every month. Since 2020, the world’s leading long-distance carpooling platform also offers bus tickets on its marketplace to support the digitalization of bus companies in Brazil. Currently, BlaBlaCar’s Brazilian platform includes 12,000 routes served by 122 bus companies, which is forecast to rise to 300 partner companies by the end of 2022.
Consumer demand for long-distance road transportation is high across Brazil’s vast geography, but the sector’s infrastructure is often inadequate. With the private sector’s help, the country can modernize its transport infrastructure and tackle challenges such as opaque pricing and safety. Currently, paper tickets dominate, with online sales making up less than 15 percent of all bus ticket sales.
IFC has significant experience in investing in innovative transportation companies, including Bolt, Tembici, Gojek, and PickMe, and helping accelerate the growth of their businesses with the support of IFC capital, strategic guidance, and local knowledge and networks. As the company’s only investor exclusively focused on emerging markets, IFC aims to help BlaBlaCar expand in Brazil, India, Mexico, Turkey, and post-war Ukraine.
IFC’s investment is subject to the company’s shareholder approval, which is expected on June 23, 2022.
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
BlaBlaCar is the world’s leading community-based travel network enabling over 100 million members to share a ride across 22 markets. BlaBlaCar leverages technology to fill empty seats on the road, connecting members looking to carpool or to travel by bus, and making travel more affordable, sociable and convenient. BlaBlaCar’s environmentally and human-friendly mobility network saves 1.6 million tons of CO2 and enables 80 million human connections every year. For more information, visit www.blablacar.com